United Way Is Recruiting Volunteers

December 6, 2017 — Do you enjoy seeing the people in your city do well? Do you want to help get them there? Well right now the United Way of King County is gearing up for the Free Tax Campaign, helping low- to moderate-income households file taxes, connecting to public benefits, and setting up a path to financial stability.... Read More

10 Tasks for Effective Legislative Advocacy

December 5, 2017 — In December, I know two things are about to happen—the holidays and the launch of a new session of the Washington State Legislature. While the holidays take a fair amount of our time (for good reason—enjoy your loved ones), now is the time to get ready for the new legislative session. Why? To advocate for... Read More

200 Engaged in Discussing Women and Optimal Aging

December 4, 2017 — Age Friendly Seattle, the City’s initiative to make Seattle a great place to grow up AND grow old, hosted 200 people—mostly women, all ages—at “Engaging Aging,” a women’s equity forum at City Hall on November 6. Three dozen community sponsors helped promote the event. Four dozen exhibitors filled the City Hall Lobby in mid-afternoon. In... Read More

The Chair’s Corner

November 30, 2017 — It’s been my honor and humble privilege to chair the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services in 2017. We’ve had a fantastic year, including several successful advocacy efforts that raised awareness about issues facing older adults. Some highlights from this year include: Older Americans Act—at the federal and state level we are... Read More

Survey Says! Seattle’s Older Residents Rank the City on Age-Friendly Factors

November 15, 2017 — In July 2016, the City of Seattle furthered their commitment to being a city for all ages by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. A brainchild of the World Health Organization, the AARP initiative currently has a membership of 189 communities throughout the country and represents 66.5 million people nationwide. This unique program provides a... Read More

Cultivating Caregivers

November 14, 2017 — At a recent conference (Elder Friendly Futures 2017—The Essential Work of Caregiving Across Communities), one of the speakers asked, “Who is a caregiver in this room?” Initially, not everyone identified as a caregiver. After the speaker described caregivers—from paid workers to family support caregivers—almost everyone’s hands went up. I realized I am a caregiver too.... Read More

Old Friends Club—Support & Solutions for Caregivers in King County

November 13, 2017 — A dynamic new non-profit provides relief for caregivers while helping those with dementia to live full, active lives at their daytime memory care locations on the Eastside. Barb had a full life in western Washington, with all the pleasures and pressures of a happily married businesswoman in midlife. Her husband, Bill, had always been a... Read More

A Veteran’s Take on Getting Older

November 9, 2017 — In the summer of 2016, my wife and I took a trip to the Oregon coast and rented a house for the week. The house was located just south of Lincoln City, a good locale for day trips up and down the coast that we were planning to take. One of our favorite places down... Read More

A Strong Woman—A Resilient Vet

November 8, 2017 — I went to visit my doctor as I was feeling more tired than usual and some of the “normal aging” changes to a women’s body didn’t seem normal to me. My doctor ordered an ultrasound and then I had a hysteroscopy. This procedure is done when there is an indication of abnormal bleeding. The results... Read More

Medicare Open Enrollment Has Begun—Review Your Plan Now

November 7, 2017 — With more benefits, better choices and lower costs now available, the Social Security Administration is encouraging people with Medicare and their families to start reviewing drug and health plan coverage options for 2018. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period started in October and will end December 7. Finding the right plan to work with Medicare is... Read More